Last year, I failed to share my Christmas wishlist for whatever reason I can no longer remember, but I did write one in 2014. I was lucky to have received most of the things (or something similar/better) I wanted from that list when I got here in the US last year. Since I’ve been seeing a lot of similar posts to this one, I thought I’d dedicate some time to gather a list of things that I wish to receive for the holidays (though I already got some of them earlier)
It’s been two weeks since we celebrated Christmas, yet it feels so much more distant now that the festivities around that time are over. I spent my first Christmas in the US with my in-laws that turned out really well in spite of missing home. Unlike in the Philippines, though, where we usually observe Noche Buena, a traditional family dinner on Christmas Eve, we got together for lunch on Christmas Day.
I’d be lying if I tell you I’m having the best Christmas of my life. It’s my first Christmas away from home, and I find it difficult to process how to be cheerful towards my most favorite holiday of the year. Roan and I have been married for two years, but we’re only starting our own traditions now since I just moved here in the US this year.
It occurred to me today that I’ve lived in the US for eight months, but it feels like I’ve been away from home for longer than that. I still long for Manila on some days, but I’m especially feeling it more now that the Christmas season has commenced. This year is the third time (second as a married couple) Roan and I are spending the holidays together, and while we haven’t exactly established a tradition of our own, we’ve started following through with one that my family (and most Filipinos) have been observing for years.